Hoping To Continue To Live In Fukushima

"Around 60 percent of people who call Fukushima Prefecture home hope to continue to live where they are, according to a recent survey." reports Japan Times.

Fukushima Prefecture (source: Wikipedia)

"25% of Tohoku Reconstruction Funds Spent On Unrelated Projects"

"About a quarter of the 11.7 trillion yen budget for reconstruction after the March 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster has been spent on unrelated projects, including subsidies for a contact lens factory and research whaling, a Japanese government report shows." reports Japan Today website.

Temporary housing in Minami Sanriku (Souce: the Atlantic, May 9, 2011)

"The audit documents buttressed complaints over shortcomings in the reconstruction effort. More than half the 11.7 trillion yen budget is yet to be disbursed, stalled by indecision and bureaucracy, while nearly all of the 340,000 people evacuated from the disaster zone remain uncertain whether, when and how they will ever resettle."

Deserted streets of Minami-Soma (source: Japan Times,  April 9, 2011)

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Radioactive cesium level in fish off Fukushima not declining "

"Radioactive cesium levels in most kinds of fish caught off the coast of Fukushima haven’t declined in the year following Japan’s nuclear disaster, a signal that the seafloor or leakage from the damaged reactors must be continuing to contaminate the waters—possibly threatening fisheries for decades, a researcher says." reports Japan Today.

Fukushima Dai-ichi (No1) nuclear power plant (Source: MSNBC)

"Though the vast majority of fish tested off Japan’s northeast coast remain below recently tightened limits of cesium-134 and cesium-137 in food consumption, Japanese government data shows that 40% of bottom-dwelling fish such as cod, flounder and halibut are above the limit, Ken Buesseler, a marine chemist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, wrote in an article published Thursday in the journal Science."

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"2012 Fukushima rice exceeds cesium limit "

"Radioactive cesium exceeding the government's new limit has been detected in rice harvested this year for the first time in Fukushima Prefecture, the prefectural government said Wednesday." reports the News On Japan website.

Rice in Fukushima (Source: ABC News)

"Rice from Sukagawa was found to contain 110 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram. The level topped the stricter limit of 100 becquerels introduced for rice on Oct. 1, against the previous limit of 500 becquerels." (End of the Article)

(Source; http://newsonjapan.com)

330 Million Yen for Nat'l Stadium??? Misuse of Reconstruction Budget

"A year and a half after the Tohoku region was devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and monster tsunami, shocking revelations are deepening the sorrow and frustration of the survivors and throwing a harsh light on the government and the Diet." reports Japan Times.

National Stadium in Yoyogi, Tokyo (Source: Wikepedia)

"To help hundreds of thousands of people mainly in Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima prefectures, the government has allocated as much as ¥19 trillion for "reconstruction," asking taxpayers to bear the extra burden to support the disaster victims and help them reconstruct their local infrastructure."




"Pressing Need To Secure Permanent Sites For Contaminated Waste"

"Mountains of waste contaminated by radioactive fallout from the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant are piling up because efforts to find permanent disposal sites in eastern Japan have bogged down" comments the Editorial of Asahi Shimbun.

"The polluted waste includes ash from the incineration of household garbage, sewage sludge and rice straw. Plans to bury the polluted waste have triggered fierce opposition from local residents who fear the contamination of underground water. "

(Source: Asahi Shimbun, Sep 15, 2011)
"There is also concern that unfounded speculation over the safety of local agricultural products could affect sales. In many communities across eastern Japan, the waste is in temporary storage at local incineration and sewage treatment plants."

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Government To Nuke Disaster Evacuees Find Jobs

"The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry will start helping people who were forced to evacuate after the outbreak of last year's nuclear crisis find jobs in their hometowns from fiscal 2013." reports the Daily Yomiuri/Jiji Press.

Minami-Soma City (Source: Daily Mail, Mar 18, 2011)

"The ministry will provide job search support subsidies to eight municipalities near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant. The eight municipalities are the cities of Minami-Soma and Tamura, the towns of Naraha, Hirono, Kawamata and Namie, and the villages of Kawauchi and Katsurao."

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Japan and IAEA Setting Up A Research Base in Fukushima

"The International Atomic Energy Agency and the Japanese government plan to set up a long-term research base in Fukushima to study ways to decontaminate radiation-tainted areas and dispose of radioactive waste, government sources said Saturday."  

reported Japan Times/Kyodo on Oct 22.

IAEA HQ in Vienna, Austria (Source: Wikipedia)


Japan's Post-Disaster Growth Strategy

"The Great East Japan Earthquake on 11 March 2011 was the biggest earthquake recorded in Japanese seismic history, and the fourth largest recorded in the world."reports the NewsOnJapan website.

(Source:  the Atlantic, Mar 11, 2011)

"The scope of the triple disaster consisting of an earthquake, a tsunami, and a nuclear accident, far exceeded that of the Hanshin Earthquake of 1995. The repercussions of this disaster spread far beyond the geographical areas directly affected."

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A Very Insensitive French Joke

"A French television host has caused outrage in Japan after showing a mocked-up picture of national team goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima with four arms and describing it as the 'Fukushima effect.'" reports the CBS News website.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said Tuesday that the Japanese embassy in France has sent an official letter of complaint to TV station France 2 after host Laurent Ruquier made the gag on a program.

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"INSIDE FUKUSHIMA: How workers tried but failed to avert a nuclear disaster"

"Recorded exchanges between staff at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and officials at Tokyo Electric Power Co. headquarters offer stark vignettes of repeated human error and a grimly farcical hunt for supplies such as car batteries, as Japan's worst-ever nuclear accident disintegrated into a veritable man-made disaster." 

according to the article "INSIDE FUKUSHIMA: How workers tried but failed to avert a nuclear disaster" on the Asahi Shimbun

"Reactors No. 1, 2 and 3 overheated and their fuel melted down; explosions destroyed equipment and buildings; and a fuel storage pool at the No. 4 reactor building became dangerously unprotected."

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PTSD on Dogs After 3/11

"Family dogs caught up in the Japan earthquake of March 11, 2011 and subsequent nuclear disaster at Fukushima showed signs of stress not inconsistent with PTSD long after the events, a new study finds." the JapanToday website.

(Source: the Telegraph, Dec 06, 2011)

(Source:  Reuters, Jan 30,2012)

"The research compared abandoned dogs rescued from Fukushima with non-disaster affected dogs abandoned in 2009 and 2010, before the earthquake. The dogs that lived through the disaster had stress hormone levels five to 10 times higher than the dogs that were simply abandoned or found as strays."

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Tokyo Electric Power Has Finally Admitted the Disaster Could Have Been Avoided

"Tokyo Electric Power Co. has acknowledged for the first time that the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant could have been avoided." reports Japan Times/AP.


A Possible Misuse of Disaster Reconstruction Budget Probed

"The Justice Ministry has started checking whether it allocated 27.65 million yen for vocational training for prisoners unjustifiably from a supplementary state budget for money allotted for reconstructing areas devastated by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and ensuing tsunami." reports the Mainichi Daily.

"The ministry allocated 27.65 million yen for vocational training to be conducted at prisons in Hokkaido and Saitama prefectures from the third supplementary budget for fiscal 2011 for reconstruction efforts."

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NCC-JEDRO Website Updated

"Grant Proposals Endorsed by NCC-JEDRO"Page  on NCC-JEDRO website has been updated.

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"Japan ready to share 3/11 disaster lessons"

"When a two-day international conference on disasters and development opens Tuesday in the disaster-hit city of Sendai, Japan will have its moment to shine — relating to the world how it survived last year's catastrophic earthquake and tsunami and sharing lessons about disaster preparedness." reports Japan Times/Kyodo today.

"Global leaders, disaster experts and survivors will gather in Sendai for the "Sendai Dialogue," a meeting hosted by the government and the World Bank to focus on ways to reduce the economic impact of natural disasters."

"It will draw lessons from the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami that devastated vast areas of the Tohoku region, especially in Iwate, Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures."


"FUKUSHIMA NOW - 原発と子どもと農家と、私たち-"

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A New Documentary "Fukushima Now: in the Aftermath of Nuclear Disaster" Released

CWS-Asia/Pacific has released a new 30 minute documentary on the aftermath of the March 11, 2011, nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan. 

"The film highlights some of the efforts made by our local partners in Japan to combat the problems of radiation exposure, and some of the remaining dangers of radiation...We hope that this video will raise awareness of the ongoing needs of the people in Fukushima. " (quoted from the CWS Asia/Pacific website, bold letters by NCC-JEDRO)

To watch the documentary, please click here to access  the CWS-Asia/Pacific website

(The narrator of this documentary is David McIntosh, the Project Coordinator at NCC-JEDRO.  Interviewer; Ms. Yoko Ito, CWS-Asia/Pacific)


Local Leaders & Residents Demand Faster Decontamination Work

"Following Monday's Cabinet reshuffle, local government leaders and residents affected by the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant demanded the government accelerate decontamination work in the area."reports the Daily Yomiuri.

"Hiroyuki Nagahama replaced Goshi Hosono as environment minister--the post charged with decontamination operations and problems related to radiation-polluted soil stemming from the accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s crippled nuclear plant."

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Disaster Reconstruction Funds in the Wrong Hands

"Suspicions have arisen that ¥17 trillion reserved for post-disaster reconstruction work in the fiscal 2012 budget has been spent on projects that have little to do with rebuilding the Tohoku region." 

reported the Japan Times/Jiji Press on October 2.

"Some of the rebuilding funds have been spent outside Tohoku's disaster zones to build roads and quake-proof tax office buildings. Even a project by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency to research nuclear fusion received ¥4.2 billion."

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Tsunami Debris arrive on Molokai, Hawai'i

"Kaunakakai resident Dane Christopher and his dogs Pua, Chance and Tonka were going on their daily walk on the beach along Kaunakakai pier last week when they found something unusual: a giant, barnacle-crusted light bulb. The end of the fully-intact bulb was marked “500 W.” The rest of the markings were in Japanese." reports Molokai Dispatch.

"While finding objects from Japan on Hawaii’s shores is nothing new, Hawaii residents have been reporting an influx of debris that officials believe to be from the tsunami in Japan in March 2011."

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A museum opposes the construction of a radioactive waste disposal site

"A museum is strongly objecting to the planned construction of a final disposal site for radioactive waste in a national forest in Takahagi, Ibaraki Prefecture."reports the Daily Yomiuri.

"The Tokugawa Museum, a public interest incorporated foundation, took a stand against the Environment Ministry's decision because the Tokugawa Forest it co-owns is adjacent to the candidate site, which is to be used to bury waste contaminated by radiation from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant."

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A free medical care system started in Fukushima

"A free medical care system for people aged 18 or younger started Monday in Fukushima Prefecture, a policy aimed at encouraging residents with children to stay in the prefecture hit hard by the nuclear crisis." reports the Daily Yomiuri.

"This is the first time a prefectural government has made medical fees free for people under 19 years old. The crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has made many residents with small children fearful about staying."

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Construction of a nuke plant resumed

"J-Power plans to resume construction of its nuclear plant in Aomori Prefecture this year, sources close to the matter said Friday, which would make it the first utility to do so since the Fukushima nuclear crisis."

reports the Japan Times/Kyodo.

"The plan by the company otherwise known as Electric Power Development Co. is consistent with government policy but will be controversial."

"Under the new national energy strategy the Cabinet weakened earlier this month, a nuclear power phaseout is to be pursued and new reactors are not to be built."

Only 10% of the residents are back in town

"Less than 10 percent of residents from Hirono, Fukushima Prefecture, have returned to the town in the year since its designation as an emergency evacuation preparation zone was lifted."

reports the Daily Yomiuri on Oct 1st.

"Although most of the town's basic infrastructure has been repaired and decontamination work is progressing, only 505 of the town's 5,300 residents had come back as of Friday."

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